Greens MP Seeks to Legalize Cannabis Possession in NSW

Following the decision of the ACT in 2019 to legalize recreational cannabis at-home cultivation and possession, Greens MP Cate Faehrmann seeks to bring similar legislation to New South Wales.

In November 2019, The Australian Capital Territory became the first state in Australia to officially legalize the cultivation, possession, and consumption of cannabis for personal use. Now, the Greens party are attempting to bring similar legislation into the NSW Upper House so that New South Wales can follow suit.

The bill will be introduced by Party MP Cate Faehrmann, who has previously said to The Green Fund:

"The TGA's decision late last year to allow 150mg dose CBD products able to be sold over the counter at pharmacies across Australia is a very positive sign. It's the beginning of a much broader range of medicinal cannabis products gaining TGA approval and will normalise the use of medicinal cannabis."

"Most political parties in Australia are still too afraid to touch the topic of cannabis legalisation even though the massive economic and social benefits that legalisation would bring are needed even more in the time of COVID-19."

Evidently, Faehrmann isn't too afraid to touch the topic, having recently said that "it's time to legalise cannabis in NSW," before adding that "prohibition has well and truly failed and governments all around the world are finally accepting this fact."

The Greens' proposed bill seeks to legalise recreational use and possession of cannabis as well as allowing a household of two people or less to grow up to six cannabis plants while a household of more than two people could grow up to 12 cannabis plants.

The bill does add provisions against marketing cannabis products, requiring them to be labelled with health warnings, as well as prohibiting retailers from promoting or advertising cannabis, or operating near schools or childcare buildings.

Additionally, on Faerhmann's website, she states that "The Greens are introducing a bill into the NSW Parliament that would legalise cannabis and see it regulated like alcohol or tobacco with users able to buy it from a store instead of the black market."

This would differentiate NSW's version of cannabis legalization from the ACT, which doesn't allow for retail cannabis stores.

Decriminalisation is better than prohibition Cate Faehrmann, Greens MP and cannabis advocate

"People are risking criminal records just because their drug of choice has been deemed illegal because of a moral crusade started before I was born." concluded Faehrmann.

The Greens' effort to legalise cannabis in NSW will likely be discussed throughout the year.

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Louis O'Neill
Louis O'Neill

Louis is a writer based in Sydney with a focus on social and political issues. Having interviewed local politicians and entrepreneurs, Louis now focuses on cannabis culture, legislation & reform.